Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Cooking with essential oils - A good idea?


Essential oils add rich and brightening flavors to your dishes while also adding the health benefits.

Essential oils are so concentrated that only 1-2 drops of a therapeutic grade essential oil is necessary.  One Tablespoon of a dried herb is equal to ½ to 1 drop of pure therapeutic grade oils.

Here are some guidelines to get you started:

Here is a recipe appropriate for this time of year:
Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

1 ¼ cup Butter
2 cups White Sugar
2 Eggs
2 tsp Vanilla
2 ½ cups Flour
1 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
½ tsp Salt
5 drops CPTG Peppermint Essential Oil
1/3 cup Granulated Sugar
1.  Preheat oven to 350˚F
2.  In large bowl cream butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla; mix well.  Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.  Add to creamed mixture and stir until entire mixture is an even dark brown.  Add Peppermint Essential Oil and stir until evenly blended.
3.  Roll dough into balls about 1” in diameter.  Roll each ball in granulated sugar and place on parchment covered cookie sheet.  Cookies will spread during baking.  Bake for 8-10 mins or until tops have a crackle appearance

What WebMD says about peppermint oil

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